Toyota Yaris Hybrid – All Charged Up [analysis]

While the country faces the ever darkening gloom of load shedding, cars like the Toyota Yaris Hybrid prove that there’s something to be said for a car that recharges its own batteries on the move – and saves petrol in the process. It’s also meant to be greener than your average runabout.

Hybrid cars are becoming a buzzword in a motoring world seeking to reduce its environmental footprint by reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Not that hybrids are anything new: the Toyota Prius has been around for more than a decade now, while Lexus has offered hybrid alternatives to its luxury cars and SUVs for some time.

In both cases, the hybrid drivetrain combines a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. The battery pack allows a limited level of zero emissions, electric-only operation, usually at low speeds.

Once the battery’s charge is exhausted, the normal engine takes over from the electric motor. Under coasting or braking, the electric motor becomes a generator that charges the battery pack, thus harvesting otherwise wasted energy. And under hard acceleration, the motor can even contribute to the power output of the engine – if…

Source : Daily Maverick